Tuesday 12 December 2017

The moment when star of Oscar nominated Irish film learned he's a class act

Scott Graham actor in Pentecost, the Irish movie nominated for an Oscar, at his home in East Wall, Dublin
Scott Graham

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

IT is generally bad news when the principal comes looking for you at school.

But 11-year-old actor Scott Graham didn't have to sweat it when the call came at St Joseph's CBS in Fairview in Dublin yesterday.

He was just about to learn that the short film in which he stars had been nominated for an Oscar.

"When the principal Mr Cullen came in to say my dad was on the phone, I really didn't know what to think," Scott said last night.

"But when we rang home, and I heard the news, I was over the moon. The Oscars? I still can't believe it, "

The East Wall schoolboy is the lead in short film 'Pentecost', which is nominated in the Short Film category.

It tells the story of a young altar boy torn between serving at Mass and playing football.

No stranger to a red carpet, Scott mixed with A-list stars when he attended the IFTAs last year.

"I met Saoirse Ronan and Pierce Brosnan. The event was huge, it was one of the best nights of my life," Scott said.

However, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to attend the 84th Oscars in Hollywood on February 26.

That is because his beloved grandmother Phyllis suffered a mild stroke recently.

"Scott is very close to his Nana and devoted to her. We're not really sure about attending the Oscars," his father Paul said.

News of the nominations sparked excitement on the set of Chris O'Dowd's new Sky series 'Moone Boy'.

"I'm going to the Oscars," screamed actor Peter McDonald who plays Father Liam Moone in 'Pentecost', which he wrote and directed, when he learned it had been nominated.

"Chris O'Dowd was filming me at the time because there is a documentary being done on everybody whose short was nominated, and they wanted footage of the moment I got the news so Chris generously picked up a camera, and started shooting," Mr McDonald said.

'Pentecost' will even be fighting it out with another Irish film in the same category.

Starring Ciaran Hinds, 'The Shore' tells the story of a man who fled the Troubles for 25 years but returns from America with his daughter to meet his childhood friends.

Writer/producer and director Terry George, whose credits include 'Hotel Rwanda' and 'Some Mother's Son', last night spoke of his delight at the nomination.

"What's special about this is that it's a tiny little film we made with my family and the people of Killough, Co Down, taking it to the Oscars is an amazing achievement," he said

'The Shore' and 'Pentecost' have been chosen from 107 entries for the final shortlist of five.

Irish Independent

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